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#1560 – The internet is fantastic (No Comments)

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#1560 – The internet is fantastic

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Windshield chip and crack repair can be fun but I'd rather not have to do it

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A rock cracked my windshield as I was driving along the 5 freeway. This $11 kit and youtube video patched it nicely!

I did a bunch a looking around and I think this style kit, with its suction/pressure system of injecting the resin into your crack is likely the best. I found this video by Chris Fix super helpful as well. Following his simple directions, I worked on a chip that looked like a 5 point star. I'd say it is now 85% or so invisible and 100% sealed. I am not sure a professional glass repair person could have done much better, but they'd have cost $140 to come out to the house.

Much like the resin I use to repair surfboard dings, if you get this in direct sunlight it cures very, very fast. This kit is easier than making an appointment to have someone else do it.

Permatex 09103 Windshield Repair Kit via Amazon

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Snatcher Is Cyberpunk Noir At Its Best

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Snatcher is a cult classic that should be experienced by both science fiction and Metal Gear fans. Even though it appears to “snatch” many of its influences and throw them together into a science fiction cornucopia, it actually explores the issues of humanity and existence in its own distinctive style.

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Announcing JSON Feed

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samuel shared this story from Daring Fireball:
They emailed me about it. I'm happy to support it but I'd prefer if support came from the Python feedparser library. If that happens, I'll integrate it.

Brent Simmons and Manton Reece:

We — Manton Reece and Brent Simmons — have noticed that JSON has become the developers’ choice for APIs, and that developers will often go out of their way to avoid XML. JSON is simpler to read and write, and it’s less prone to bugs.

So we developed JSON Feed, a format similar to RSS and Atom but in JSON. It reflects the lessons learned from our years of work reading and publishing feeds.

I think this is a great idea, and a good spec. I even like the style in which the spec is written: for real humans (much like the RSS spec). If you want to see a real-life example, Daring Fireball has a JSON Feed. I’ve got a good feeling about this project — the same sort of feeling I had about Markdown back in the day.

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jepler
156 days ago
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'I’ve got a good feeling about this project — the same sort of feeling I had about Markdown back in the day.' while I'm worried that in 20 years somebody will actually try to standardize json feed and somebody else will be a big crybaby
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zwol
157 days ago
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It is good to see people working on syndication protocols again
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JayM
157 days ago
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Good deal.
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lukeburrage
157 days ago
As someone who just had to custom generate an RSS feed for a podcast archive... me like!

People Spent $1.6 Million on Dock that Adds Ports BACK to the MacBook Pro

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This is mind blowing when you really think about it. HyperDrive, a product created specifically to add ports back to the newest version of Apple’s MacBook Pros, has raised nearly $1.6 million from over 17,000 people desperate to undo one of Apple’s biggest hardware goofs to date.

Apple’s decision to remove ports—including the coveted SD card slot, which Phil Schiller called ‘cumbersome’—is one of the most widely criticized design decisions Apple has ever made. But it’s also been extremely lucrative for accessory makers.

In lieu of spending copious amounts of money on individual dongles from Apple, people have flocked to products like this dock and the HyperDrive, throwing money away on rolling back their ports.

There’s no way of knowing just how much money has been spent on different solutions trying to fix the MacBook Pros’ most glaring issue; but since HyperDrive is on Kickstarter, we do know how much people have spent on this one single solution: nearly $1.6 million.

At $70 each, HyperDrive isn’t necessarily a cheap fix, but it’s definitely cheaper than buying all of these ports as separate adapters. If you’re interested, you have three more days to jump on the bandwagon on Kickstarter… if you haven’t already switched back to Windows in protest.

(via Resource Magazine)

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emrikol
277 days ago
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#DongleTax
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invinciblegod
282 days ago
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You can think of this as Apple's way to help small businesses!

Humans Are Weird

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Mediocrity principle, people

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So there has been a bit of “what if humans were the weird ones?” going around tumblr at the moment and Earth Day got me thinking. Earth is a wonky place, the axis tilts, the orbit wobbles, and the ground spews molten rock for goodness sakes. What if what makes humans weird is just our capacity to survive? What if all the other life bearing planets are these mild, Mediterranean climates with no seasons, no tectonic plates, and no intense weather? 

What if several species (including humans) land on a world and the humans are all “SCORE! Earth like world! Let’s get exploring before we get out competed!” And the planet starts offing the other aliens right and left, electric storms, hypothermia, tornadoes and the humans are just … there… counting seconds between flashes, having snowball fights, and just surviving. 

To paraphrase one of my favorite bits of a ‘humans are awesome’ fiction megapost: “you don’t know you’re from a Death World until you leave it.” For a ton of reasons, I really like the idea of Earth being Space Australia.

Earth being Space Australia Words cannot express how much I love these posts

Alien: “I’m sorry, what did you just say your comfortable temperature range is?”

Human: “Honestly we can tolerate anywhere from -40 to 50 Celcius, but we prefer the 0 to 30 range.”

Alien: “……. I’m sorry, did you just list temperatures below freezing?”

Human: “Yeah, but most of us prefer to throw on scarves or jackets at those temperatures it can be a bit nippy.” 

Other human: “Nah mate, I knew this guy in college who refused to wear anything past his knees and elbows until it was -20 at least.”

Human: “Heh. Yeah everybody knows someone like that.”

Alien: “……. And did you also say 50 Celcius? As in, half way to boiling?”

Human: “Eugh. Yes. It sucks, we sweat everywhere, and god help you if you touch a seatbelt buckle, but yes.” 

Alien: “……. We’ve got like 50 uninhabitable planets we think you might enjoy.” 

“You’re telling me that you have… settlements. On islands with active volcanism?”

“Well, yeah. I’m not about to tell Iceland and Hawaii how to live their lives. Actually, it’s kind of a tourist attraction.”

“What, the molten rock?”

“Well, yeah! It’s not every day you see a mountain spew out liquid rocks! The best one is Yellowstone, though. All these hot springs and geysers from the supervolcano–”

“You ACTIVELY SEEK OUT ACTIVE SUPERVOLCANOES?”

“Shit, man, we swim in the groundwater near them.”

Sounds like the “Damned” trilogy by Alan Dean Foster.

“And you say the poles of your world would get as low as negative one hundred with wind chill?” 

“Yup, with blizzards you cant see through every other day just about.”

“Amazing! when did you manage to send drones that could survive such temperatures?”

“… well, actually…”

“… what?”

“…we kinda……. sent……….. people…..”

“…”

“…”

“…what?”

“we sent-”

“no yeah I heard you I just- what? You sent… HUMANS… to a place one hundred degrees below freezing?”

“y-yeah”

“and they didn’t… die?”

“Well the first few did”

“PEOPLE DIED OF THE COLD AND YOUR SOLUTION WAS TO SEND MORE PEOPLE???!?!?!?”

My new favorite Humans are Weird quote

“PEOPLE DIED OF THE COLD AND YOUR SOLUTION WAS TO SEND MORE PEOPLE?”

aka The History of Russia

aka Arctic Exploration

aka The History of Alaska

‘But surely you have records of volcanic activity doing tremendous damage to human settlements.’

‘Yep.  Pompeii is legendary.  Entire cities went. Towns buried under lava, peoples’ brains boiled in the first rush of heat, loads more killed by falling pumice.’

‘ah, good, they learned their lesson and didn’t build there again.’

‘…well…’

‘Are you seriously telling me this volcano is legendary for killing several urban conurbations and you built on top of it AGAIN?’

‘In our defence it hasn’t actually done it since.’ 

‘What about earthquake-prone areas? Tell me you’re at least vaguely sensible about those.’

‘Oh yeah.  After the first major earthquake that flattens a city, we build them better.’

And then the aliens learn what it means to “facepalm” despite not having palms per se….

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JayM
307 days ago
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Heh. Silly humans.
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